Jobless rate continues to drop

Unemployment rates continue to drop in east central Illinois when compared to the same period of 2014. Piatt County recorded a jobless rate of 5.8 percent in January, compared to 7.4 percent to January of last year. The lowest county-wide rate in the area was Moultrie at 4.8 percent.

County considers installation of fax server

(see more in the April 8 Piatt County Journal-Republican)

Cerro Gordo Auxiliary essay winners announced

A reception for the Americanism essay winners and their parents was held prior to the March meeting of the Cerro Gordo American Legion Auxiliary. There were 160 essays entered in this year’s contest.

Man charged in Bement stabbing

A 55-year-old Bement man has been officially charged with two counts of aggravated battery in connection with the stabbing of two men at his home in Bement Feb. 7.

John D. Fair was also charged in Piatt County Circuit Court with felony possession of a weapon and patronizing a prostitute.

Students spend spring break on Allerton Park projects

Allerton Park and Retreat Center is owned by the University of Illinois, but park operators still feel the facility is an unknown gem when it comes to college students.

Record number turn out for Monticello egg hunt

Area youth were not about to let 28 degree temperatures keep them away from the Monticello Easter Egg Hunt Saturday.

After all, there were some 4,000 eggs to collect.

ZBA turns down appeal on Milmine grain bins

Top Flight Grain Cooperative plans to move ahead with construction at its Milmine location after the Piatt County Zoning Board of Appeals upheld a recently issued building permit. In February, Top Flight was issued the permit to construct two grain bins; one on the west end of their property and another 90-foot diameter grain bin on the east end.

Awning added to Phoenix Theatre

Not long ago, Monticello Theatre Association founding member Lana Ross was pretty sure a second-hand awning that had been salvaged from Ameren in Clinton would have no place at MTA’s Phoenix theatre in Monticello.

Remembering the end of the Civil War

Although General Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia on April 9, 1865, the war was not over.   Scattered resistance continued for several weeks.  There were still Confederate armies in the field and the final battle of the war did not happen until May 12-13 in south Texas, at the battle of Palmito Ranch.  However, Confederate commanders did begin

Inspired to help

Cancer sufferers of all ages inspired Monticello fourth grader Logan Chupp to grow out his hair this school year. Now that it has surpassed the 8 inch minimum, he will have it cut this week and donate it to Children With Hair Loss, an organization that provides wigs to children.

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